Associate Planner (#RE2002)
$36.58-$44.46 Hourly / $6,340.00-$7,706.31 Monthly / $76,080.03-$92,475.76 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs responsible, journey-level planning work in the compilation, interpretation and presentation of zoning and planning data; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the journey-level class in the professional planning series. An employee in this class performs responsible technical tasks in zoning administration and enforcement, research and programming, or advance planning, and may act as a lead worker on a project basis. Work is performed with independent judgment, both in the choice of methods and procedures followed and in final analysis.


  • Gathers, selects, compiles and analyzes data, with particular reference to its impact upon existing or future plans.
  • Participates in, or conducts, studies involving the planning aspects of economic, social, geographic or other conditions; tabulates, analyzes and interprets statistical data as necessary to develop meaningful bases for conclusion.
  • Assists the public in interpreting zoning and planning regulations; reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations regarding development projects.
  • Prepares reports presenting information by means of written text or graphic illustration.
  • Plans research projects and develops methodology.
  • Drafts and administers ordinances and regulations pertaining to the County's planning program.
  • May perform as a lead worker on a project basis.
  • May attend Planning Commission and other meetings or conferences and make presentations.



Experience: One year of experience as an Assistant Planner in San Joaquin County service.



Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in urban or regional planning, environmental studies, architecture, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, geography, public administration, sociology, economics, ecology or a related field;


Experience: One year of professional experience in urban or regional planning.


Substitution: A Master’s Degree in urban or regional planning may substitute for the required experience.


Principles and practices of land use planning and the objectives of regional planning; research methodology and its principles; sources and uses of socio-economic information; social and economic principles and their application to urban development; statistical procedures and their application to research; governmental agencies and legal procedures involved in zoning, industrial, and subdivision development.


Organize procedural and statistical methodology of major research projects; analyze results of research and prepare interpretive reports and other illustrative materials; perform in a lead capacity on projects; appear before boards and commissions and present reports; express oneself, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with department personnel, other County departments, County and public officials, local, state, and federal officials, and the general public.


Mobility-Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for extended periods, standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending, squatting, driving, climbing stairs or other objects; occasional crawling; Lifting-Frequently 5-30 pounds or less; occasionally 30-70 pounds; occasionally restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects; Vision -Good vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special Conditions-May be exposed to dust and varied outdoor conditions; may require occasional weekend, evening or overtime work.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RE2002; EST: 2/10/1988; REV: 5/10/2000;